Morris Style Rocking Chair

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Project by Luke posted 02-15-2010 03:54 AM 7607 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Me and a buddy decided to make a pair of these rockers together. We found the plans online somewhere, I can’t remember now but some basic searching on google pulled it up. A lot of the details in the plan were sketchy so I’d call this a new plan at this point. Lot’s of missing and even some incorrect measurements in the plan that caused a few problems but we worked them out. It took almost 6 months all together but we weren’t able to get much time to actually do the work. It was a very rewarding project and quite challenging. The bent laminations were a bit of a challenge but turned out not to be as difficult as I was thinking. It is made of red oak and stained with minwax red oak stain, then finished off with arm-r-seal semi-gloss. The finish is amazing as I’ve only used arm-r-seal satin so far and this really turned out nice, it’s just so easy to apply. The rockers glide very smooth and it is very comfortable. I went to a thrift store and got an old brown suede leather jacket for $6 bucks and cut the back out strategically to get the seat cover. I picked up some 4” Foam from the hobby store and cut it to fit a 3/4” ply bottom then upholstered the seat. Thanks for looking!

-- LAS,

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 04:23 AM

Looks great! I like the creative solution for the upholstery.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 04:23 AM

This is a nice, clean, simple looking Morris rocker. That is just how I like them. The workmanship is first rate. Well done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 04:50 AM

That rocks!... Get it?... Rocks?.... Ahhh never mind. Great job….lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 05:20 AM

Super chair

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 05:57 AM

Very nice Morris chair. Well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 07:13 AM

Looks Great! Too bad you haven’t got the plans, I would build one just like you did.

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 04:14 PM

Very nicely done. Making one of those is very high on my todo list.

-- To do is to be

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#8 posted 02-15-2010 05:49 PM

sweet chair! I really want to build one of these for myself to read in. Thanks for sharing.

-- dcutter

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#9 posted 02-15-2010 06:46 PM

Very nice indeed.

-- Dust to more Dust -

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#10 posted 02-16-2010 01:36 AM

Thanks for the compliments! I’m rocking in it now. It’s really comfortable and man is it nice sitting in something you made. I found chairs similar to this selling online for anywhere from $1000 to $2400. I could never afford one at that price but here I am sitting in it now! hehe… And it only cost me about a quarter of that if you don’t consider my labor.

-- LAS,

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#11 posted 03-23-2010 02:00 AM

Luke is this your design or from a plan. I’m interest in a craftsman style rocker. All joint made with through tenons. The catch is I want to make it as a platform rocker. I have some really nice hardwood and rockers are not very friend on hardwood. You got a hook uP?

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#12 posted 03-24-2010 06:15 AM

I don’t know where I got the plan. You could find it if you do a google search for craftsman rocker though. It is not my design. My rockers are hardwood and smooth as glass. It’s really quiet too and Quite solid. I could help you find the plans when I get some spare time. I’ll post it here if I find them.


-- LAS,

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#13 posted 07-22-2011 04:22 AM

I have the plans on paper but can’t seem to find them again online. I’ll get around to posting them after a scan sometime. Meanwhile here’s the pic of the overall construction.

-- LAS,

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#14 posted 11-10-2011 06:35 AM

Did you ever find the link for these plans. I have my first grandchild on the way this spring and want to build this rocker for the kids. I would be glad to buy the plans, not just looking for a freebie.
Thanks, Rick

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#15 posted 11-11-2011 07:38 AM

Yes I did find the plans. I’ll try to PM you with the pdf or with my email so you can get them from me that way.

-- LAS,

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